Darren English Darren English

South African born trumpeter Darren English, is the two-time recipient of the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Award and the 2012 recipient of the SAMRO Overseas Award.

He has performed with UK Reggae artist Finley Quaye, UK Pop star Craig David, South African writer/musician/director David Kramer, guitarist Jimmy Dludlu multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman, saxophonists Jonathan & Ryan Kilgore (Stevie Wonder), trombonist Saunders Sermons (Maxwell, Jay-Z), drummer Duffy Jackson, organist/trumpeter Joe DeFrancesco and pianist Joe McBride.

His most notable performances have been with Grammy® Nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn, being featured in his Krunk Jazz Orkestra featured at the Atlanta Jazz Fest (2014), with vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie) as well as performing regularly and recording with Grammy® Award saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Chris ‘daddy’ Dave. Tedeschi Trucks), Greg Tardy, Melvin Jones (Tyler Perry), Joe Gransden, the Joe Gransden Big Band, Dwayne Pate, Yacht Rock Revue, Deszon Claiborne, Mike Burton (Jill Scott/Tyler Perry) Dave Matthews (Carlos Santana), Louis Heriveaux and the Kevin Bales Quartet to name a few.

Recently he has been featured in the US at the Atlanta Jazz Fest with his own quintet, as well as being the featured young artist at the 2015 Sitka Jazz Festival in Alaska and in Livorno (Italy) with vocalist Michela Lombardi.

He has recently recorded his debut album 'Imagine Nation' under Atlanta's top jazz label, Hot Shoe Records®, which features trumpeter's Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden, vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), saxophonist Gregory Tardy, pianist Kenny Banks Jnr, drummer Chris Burroughs and bassist Billy Thornton

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”Having English in my band, I feel like I'm Dizzy Gillespie, and he's Lee Morgan taking all the solos.” - Russell Gunn

“He might be young, but he's no joke.” - Russell Gunn (at the Atlanta Jazz Fest)

“It's only every once in while a musician like Darren comes along 'wows' everyone” - Joe Gransden (at the Johnny Mercer concert)

“Man, you already have your own sound!” - Joey DeFrancesco (at the Rialto Center for the Arts)

“It's a joy hearing you swing on stage, and for us to play together” - Duffy Jackson

“He swings he's a— off” - Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra)



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